With the world speeding into the second decade of the 21st century, it’s the perfect time to embrace a place where the timeless values of impeccable hospitality, handcrafted meals and warm, welcoming culture are celebrated every day of the year. For single skiers, fun-loving families and romantic couples seeking something beautiful and true, that place is Québec, where the wonders of winter are treated like a season-long festival of splendor and snow.
The crown jewel of northeastern skiing, Québec’s easy blend of storied tradition, European charm and thoroughly modern amenities is certain to intoxicate even the most discerning traveler. Add in the fact that the entire region is so easy to fly, drive or even take a bus or train to, and the wealth of possibilities only await the desires of one special skier: You.
As part of our ongoing spotlight on the many varied regions that comprise the heart of skiing in Québec, this time we focus on all the amazing options in the Laurentians.
An easy direct flight from either New York or Toronto right to the heart of Mont-Tremblant International Airport is the most immediate way to access this hotbed of fantastic skiing, storybook villages and legendary spas, as well as the special dining, boutique shopping and world class nightlife on offer. With the greatest concentration of ski resorts in a single region in Québec, as well as a veritable buffet of cross-country, snow-tubing and ice skating options, the Laurentians are sure to have something fantastic and fun for everyone to do.
Already honored annually as the best ski mountain in Eastern North America, the elegantly invigorating addition of the Casino Mont-Tremblant at the base of the slopes has raised one exciting new question: ‘Will you ever want to sleep while you’re here?’ Whether it’s arcing across the 95 trails on four separate mountain sides (all impeccably served by Tremblant’s vast snowmaking system), or reveling in the remarkable pedestrian village’s famous rainbow of boutiques, restaurants and après-ski nightlife, Mont-Tremblant provides the perfect mix of welcoming warmth and satisfaction, and natural winter thrill.
• The brand new Casino Mont-Tremblant
• Vertical drop: 645 m (2,116 ft)
• Runs: 94 runs
• Terrain Parks: 3 terrain parks - ramps, rails, jumps + 1 superpipe
• Snowmaking: With 1,000 snowguns, this is one of the most powerful and sophisticated snowmaking systems in North America.
• Events and entertainment all winter long.
• Snow School with 70 years of experience
Step forward into history at Mont Saint-Saveur, where every season for more than a century the original Laurentian winter experience has been created anew. Combining a beautiful sense of past and place with state-of-the-art snow conditions on the mountain, and exceptional dining, shopping and nightlife in the neighboring village of the same name, Mont Saint-Saveur regularly welcomes one of the most devoted ski clienteles in the world. Generations of skiers have found a deep satisfaction in the authenticity of the Mont Saint-Saveur experience, and are rewarded again with that same level of manicured magic every year. Having one of the best night skiing operations in North America sure helps as well.
Mont Saint-Saveur Highlights:
• Vertical drop: 213 m (700 ft)
• Runs: 38 runs
• Night skiing: 38 runs
• Terrain Parks: 1 park, 1 pipe
• Super sophisticated snowmaking
• Incomparable ski conditions
• The brand new Mont Saint-Sauveur’s Alpine Coaster, a luge on roller coaster wheels.
At super popular Mont Blanc it’s the on-hill terrain that keeps diehard skiers flocking back, but there are more than enough delights here for the entire family to stay happily enthralled. With 41 trails spread over three mountain sides, great glades and fantastically consistent good natural and manmade snow conditions, Mont Blanc truly is a skier’s mountain. It’s fantastic features from the variety of accommodations – from intimate ski lodges to fully equipped ski-in/ski-out deluxe condominiums – as well as the giant indoor pool, “Igloo” bar, renowned “Le Chamonix” dining room and Jungle Magique indoor play park that also make this such a family friendly resort.
Mont Blanc Highlights
• Vertical drop: 1,000 ft / 300 meters
• Runs: 41, including tree skiing on 4 trails
• Terrain parks: 2 parks, intermediate / advanced
• 3 mountains
• Excellent natural snow conditions
• Snow making on 85% of ski terrain
• Indoor pool, hot tub, sauna, steam bath
• Minutes from great restaurants & shopping in Saint-Jovite-Mont-Tremblant
For more information on Mont-Tremblant, Mont Saint-Sauveur, Mont Blanc, or any of the many other wonders, specials and select vacation this winter in Québec, go to www.bonjourquebec.com/ski